NASA's Orion spacecraft will launch Dec. 4 on EFT-1 into deep space

November 30, 2014 7:02 AM

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In July 1969, America watched with rapt attention as Neil Armstrong placed the first human footprints on the moon. This perfect "one small step" set an entire generation of dreamers, explorers and risk-takers on a trajectory to the stars.

Since that time, the American space program has been burdened by budget cuts and — since retiring the space shuttle in 2011 — dependence on foreign entities such as Russia to get our astronauts to space.

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